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17 Jun

Postcards from the Beach: Restaurants around Sandbridge with Outdoor Seating! 

Restaurants around Sandbridge with Outdoor Seating! 

As we begin to kick off our summer season at Siebert Realty we are getting excited to have all our visitors come down to Sandbridge! To help you start planning some things to make your trip special we want to share some of our favorite things around the area! To start off this series we wanted to share some of our favorite places to dine outside! 

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Sage Kitchen at Andersons

Sage is opening up for the summer season with their outdoor patio in full swing! Located in Anderson’s right on Sandbridge Road it is our go-to for fresh farm to table goodness. Everything they serve is made from scratch and incorporates the freshest local ingredients, including herbs from their own greenhouse. Whether you’re a foodie or not you have to come check it out. They will also have a list of local musicians playing the night away! For more information check out Sage Kitchen here. 


The Baja 

One of our favorite places to unwind in the summer! Baja has been a Sandbridge staple for years and years! With a large outdoor seating area with incredible sunset views it’s a must for anyone visiting Sandbridge. Their menu focuses on the best seafood to delicious pizzas to the AMAZING appetizers (the she-fries are a must!). They also have so many fun things for families including live music, corn-hole, giant Jenga, and more! Also their coffee shop will be opening for the season on May 15th from 7am to 11am, so bring your towel and chairs and enjoy a cup of Joe and a breakfast wrap on the Bayview lawn!


Bandidos Taco Stand

Making their seasonal appearance once again, Bandidos taco truck is back! Located in the parking lot right before Siebert Realty is the tiny but mighty food truck that dishes out some of the best tacos, nachos, burritos, and quesadillas around. With a great menu that ranges from $1 to $9 it is a great option when feeding a crowd! They also have vegetarian options so everyone is happy! So grab your beach chairs or blankets because its time for a parking lot party at Bandidos!  


Sugar Shack

Sugar shack has been a beloved part of sandbridge for a long time! Located right below Simply Steamed, this little ice-cream shack has every flavor and all the toppings you could imagine. Unlike other ice cream shops here you pay what your ice cream weighs! They also have other options which include milkshakes and scoops in freshly made cones. This year Sugar Shack has added something new to their menu, breakfast! They are cooking up breakfast sandwiches, coffee, bagels, waffles, lattes and more! To make it even sweeter they offer FREE breakfast delivery! 


Sandbridge Island

Want a delicious meal without having to leave Sandbridge? Well this should be your go to, located near the entrance to sandbridge, Sandbridge Island is the perfect place to grab a pizza or fill up on some crab legs. Located right outside of the restaurant are a few tables with views of the Atlantic Ocean. They also have various local wines, beer, and desserts available.

10 Jun

Sand Replenishment

Expect a much larger beach when you vacation with us in 2020!

Sandbridge is replenished with sand every 5-7 years because the beach gets shorter and shorter due to hurricanes and the ocean washing up on the shore. Sand is pumped from 3 miles out onto the beach through the pipes. After making it to shore, the sand drops and the water flows back into the ocean leaving a mound of sand that the workers then push and move to make it flat and level. The tall tripod is a CRAB and it determines how much sand is needed for that section of the beach.

21 May

Pick Local: Strawberries Edition

Where to pick? 

Two of the biggest farms in our area are the Flanagan Family Farm and the Brookdale Farm! Below you will be able to find a little more about each of them! 

Flanagan Farm is located ½ mile south of the Pungo stoplight in southern Virginia Beach, on what is commonly called Pungo Ridge. Pungo Ridge is home to some of the most prime soils for vegetable farming in Virginia Beach. The farm where Flanagan Farm is located is currently farmed by the fourth and fifth generations to consecutively produce crops on this farm. They have two acres of you-pick strawberries grown utilizing plasticulture to enhance the plant growth and keep the berries clean for harvest. Available late April through early June. They also grow a variety of fruits and vegetables starting in the Spring and going all the way through fall. 

Brookdale Farm grows the Chandler variety strawberries which are known for their great taste and forgiveness for not being picked totally ripe. They also grow the Camerosa variety which is known for it’s lasting berries and great taste if picked totally ripe. Lastly they also have Ruby Junes again this year, which are a great size and taste amazing.  Please note that weather can always affect varieties differently! On their website they also explain that they have made some changes to picking this year.  They are allowed to have picking within State guidelines.Keeping everyone healthy is the driving force behind their changes. They want to keep their fields open so compliance is necessary. For more information about how they are compiling with the ever-changing guidelines check out their website here.

Why pick?

Picking your own strawberries is great for so many reasons! The first is that it is an opportunity to get out of the house and get outside!  Just outside of Sandbridge there are many different farms which are offering a U-pick system and have place strict guidelines in order to accommodate for coronavirus concerns. Another great reason is by picking at our local farms, you will be helping support small business! Many of these farms also have delicious baked goods and fresh vegetables pre-picked and ready for pick up! The last reason we at Siebert Reality love picking our own strawberries is they taste so much sweeter after all your hard work! 

Bucket on buckets of strawberries… What to do now?

So now that you’ve done all of the hard work what now.. you could just eat them straight out of the bucket or you can start cooking! Below I’ve shared some of our staff’s favorite strawberry-based recipes! 

Try one of these delicious recipes!

Breakfast!

Classic Strawberry pancakes

Fancy up your classic Sunday morning pancakes with strawberries! This is a simple but delicious recipe, just make your favorite pancake batter. Following dice up some of your fresh strawberries and place them in a bowl. Pour your batter like normal and sprinkle a few diced berries on top before flipping! We like to finish them off with butter and powder sugar! 


Main dish! 

Substitute strawberries for tomatoes in the delicious Strawberry Caprese

Toast some sourdough bread lightly. While the bread is toasting, slice some fresh mozzarella and strawberries and place to the side. On one piece of sourdough spread some pest. Then top with strawberries and a couple piece of mozzarella. To finish it drizzle a balsamic glaze and top with your other piece of sourdough! And enjoy!this dish was inspired by one of Virginia Beach’s local coffee shops: Sawdust! 


Side dish!

Strawberry Salsa is the perfect summer dish to serve with chips or a fun way to top fresh tacos! For this recipe you will need:

  • 2 cups strawberries slice and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup red onion diced small
  • 2 Tbsp jalapeno pepper seeded and diced small
  • 1 Tbsp cilantro chopped
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp salt, 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions

  1. Blend it all together & refrigerate until ready to serve. 

Dessert! 

Fresh strawberry bundt cake served with vanilla ice cream…might be heaven. We don’t need to talk this one up, here’s the recipe!

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice divided
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces Greek yogurt, plain or vanilla
  • 12 ounces fresh strawberries diced
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan (10-15 cup pan). In a large bowl, sift together 2 1/4 cups of flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix in the lemon zest and set aside.
    2. In a separate bowl, use an electric mixer to cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Alternate beating in the flour mixture and the yogurt, mixing just until incorporated.
    3. Toss the strawberries with the remaining 1/4 cup of flour. Gently mix them into the batter. Pour the batter into the Bundt pan. Place in the oven and reduce the temperature to 325 degrees F. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
    4. Allow to cool at least 20 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Once cooled whisk together the remaining 2 tablespoons of lemon juice and the powdered sugar. Drizzle over the top of the cake.

Drinks! 

Strawberry mojitos the perfect way to cool off after a long summer day! For two servings you will
need
: 

  • 1 cup of sliced strawberries 
  • 12 fresh mint leaves 
  • 1/8 cup of simple syrup 
  • Juice from 1/2 of a lime 
  • 4 ounces of light rum
  • Club soda
  • strawberries, lime wedges and/or mint sprig to garnish 

Instructions: 

    1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle strawberries, mint leaves, simple syrup and lime juice with a muddler (use the back of a wooden spoon if you don’t have a muddler).
    2. Pour in two glasses over ice (equal amounts). Add 2 ounces of rum to each glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a strawberry, lime wedge and/or mint sprig if desired.

Recipe Sources: 
https://theblondcook.com/strawberry-mojitos/#tasty-recipes-18127
https://www.aspicyperspective.com/farmstand-fresh/
https://cookieandkate.com/strawberry-salsa-recipe/
17 Feb

The Dinner Detective

Plan a dinner date for this year’s Sandbridge vacation!   Head out to The Dinner Detective for a night full of guaranteed laughs after a long day on the beach.  The Dinner Detective is a comedic murder mystery dinner.  Anyone in the room might end up playing a part in the show, and the action unfolds throughout the entire room.  Over the duration of the night, a crime will occur, hidden clues will be revealed, and the detectives will assist everyone in trying to crack the case.

Every murder mystery admission ticket ($60) includes appetizers, fresh rolls and butter, salad, your choice of entree, and dessert.  The food is tasty, and we recommend the chicken option for the entree. There is also a full bar if you would like to purchase alcohol.  The dress code is a dressy casual, and we suggest an age limit of 18 and up.   The jokes will sometimes include profane language, mild adult content, and loud noises.

The show happens about twice a month, and the storylines are switched up regularly in case you wanted to go back for another mystery.  Look ahead at their calendar of events, and schedule a night out while you’re here in Sandbridge.  Your facial muscles will hurt after laughing all night long!

https://www.thedinnerdetective.com/virginia-beach/

5 Feb

Igloo Lounge

Looking for something fun to do on vacation this winter?  Igloos have made it to Virginia Beach!  Head down to the Oceanfront with 6 of your closest friends, and prepare for a unique experience.

The igloos are $75 to rent for 90 minutes, so make sure to arrive early to fully take advantage of the allotted time.  Once entering the Hilton hotel, you’ll wait by the elevators before a staff member takes you all the way to the roof.  Entering the warm igloo is nice after walking out onto the cold rooftop!  Inside you’ll find spacious seating for 6-7 adults as well as a charcuterie board, space heater, and Bluetooth speaker.  Each igloo also has a designated waiter for drink orders.

The igloo lounge will remain open until the beginning of March.  Call 757-213-3472 or email alexander_white@hiltonvb.com for availability.

14 Nov

Beer Around Here- New Realm

Food, fire pits, fenced in children pens and fantastic beer; this edition of Beer Around Here covers, New Realm, located at 1209 Craft Lane, Virginia Beach, VA 23454.

New Realm, headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., is known for its innovation and adherence to traditional techniques.  New Realm’s experimentation pushes the boundary of expectation at the same time, never straining the limits of quality; driving for excellence in every beer produced.

New Realm is an easy jaunt from Sandbridge and an excellent place for the family to enjoy games, fire pits, inspired food, and the most crucial attraction, incredible beer. As one walks through their gate and onto their patio ringed with gas fires and milling groups enjoying the fall evenings, you know you’ve entered a “new realm”.  Entering the facility to see an expansive room walled by brick and murals, there is a massive bar with 30 taps, a colorful display of 15 or so available drafts, then mirroring the massive bar are glass industrial sized doors to watch the production teams at work.  In my experience, if you ask the bartender there is usually something not displayed but waiting for discovery.

Making sure only the most enjoyable breweries and watering-holes make it to the Beer Around Here list, my cousin and I went and had ourselves a flight of beer to make some suggestions.  A New Realm flight is made up of six snifters of any listed beer.  From the twelve tried, we decided on our favorite six “must try” beers.  From their mainstay brews, Hoptripolis IPA was our favorite.  An IPA that made me miss summer Hoptripolis is a rich hoppy IPA with hints of citrus, pineapple, and peach. Golden in color, it is a beer worthy of getting a six-pack of on your way out the door. Hazy like a Fox New England IPA, utilizing a double dry-hopped process once burring fermentation, and once post-fermentation, has a tremendous orange juice character with intense aromatics.  Another favorite tried was the Munich Dunkel Lager.  This might be caused by sitting by a fire pit as the sun disappears early on a fall night, but the rich amber lager seemed perfect for the moment.

 

Some other “must tries” if you can make a trip soon are on the small batches list. Tyrannosaurus Flex, Imperial / Double New England IPA has a summary I cannot replicate so enjoy the description form the brewer themselves, “A Hazy DIPA hopped exclusively with hops from New Zealand. Wai-is, Motueka, and Rakau hop combined with Norwegian Kviek yeast give this monster DIPA a cretaceous amount of juicy, fruity notes such as mango, pineapple, peach, apricot, and citrus. Balanced with an herbal, piney, and lightly dank full-body, this hazy beast is the ruler of the realm!”I’m not much of a cider guy, but in the fall, exceptions can be made.  If they are your cup of tea, you must try New Realm’s Inkjet Cider. Combining sweet, savory, and tart, this cider makes one think they have a blackberry mimosa, not a craft-brewed cider.

The last beer is a bit of a mystery, and I had to go back for seconds.  It is a limited brew and had a name I barely caught; the bartender just told me to ask for the Chocolate Imperial IPA, so I did and was not disappointed.  Rich, dark, heavily aromatic with a hint of spice; try ordering it and see if the bartenders can point you in the right direction.

Give New Realm a visit the next time you are in town visiting the beautiful Sandbridge Beach.  Enjoy your time, some beer, good food, and remember to drink responsibly allocating a designated driver before you go.  If your family is looking for a new place for dinner or a local attraction, just ask the Beach People at Siebert Realty and let us help you!

29 Oct

Sandbridge Local in World Series

Sandbridge is a vacation destination to many, but others call it home.  Join us as we cheer on our most famous local, Ryan Zimmerman, when the Washington Nationals take on the Houston Astros in Game 6 of the World Series at 8 PM.

Ryan grew up in Sandbridge where he starred for local travel teams and high school teams before attending The University of Virginia.  After a successful stint in college where he was named All American, Ryan was taken in the first round of the MLB draft by the Washington Nationals.  He was actually the very first pick the franchise ever made!

In addition to his baseball ability, Ryan has also given back to his community in spectacular fashion.  He recently donated $1 million to help renovate the UVA baseball stadium, but his most noble charitable efforts are found in the ziMS foundation which he started in 2006.  Ryan’s mother was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when he was young, but his charity is determined to find a cure for the disease.  To date more than $3.5 million has been raised by ziMS mainly through charity events throughout Virginia Beach.

Ryan has already hit one home run in the World Series, and hopefully tonight he can launch another.  Go Nats!

22 Oct

Beer Around Here

Tips on Taps – Smartmouth Brewing

One of the first Craft Breweries to set up shop in the Hampton Roads area, Smartmouth Brewing, has helped shape the local craft brew scene. Their emphasis on flavor over flourish, quality ingredients, and incredible atmosphere makes Smartmouth a great environment for beverages.

Started in 2012 by Porter Hardy, now ex-lawyer, Smartmouth was his way of taking his life and hobby a little more seriously; trading in briefcases for oke-barrels. Smartmouth headquarters has served the Norfolk community one beer at a time, for  seven years, with help from local bands and food trucks. Smartmouth is the perfect place to unwind after a day on the beach. Since then Smartmouth has opened its VA Beach location in December of 2017. The location is a former post office and fully renovated for brewing and fun. With a reservable tasting room, a wall of beer taps, and a room of glass walls to watch the magic happen — there is no better place for a flight or two of great beer.

 

Smartmouth signature brews keep many coming back for more. Their head brewer Jimmy Loughran leads a team of “hop-heads” and “barley buffs” who are artisans creating distinct and memorable year-round beers like Alter Ego Saison, Murphy’s Law Amber, Notch 9 Double IPA, and Safety Dance Pilsner. The team also provides seasonal brews throughout the year.

The Princess Oktoberfest is available Aug-Oct, the Cowcatcher Milk Stout is produced from Oct-March, and the Summer Fling Hefeweizen is ready from April-Aug. We highly suggest visiting their beer page to explore the options before heading to the brewery.

Before heading back to Sandbridge after enjoying a night out in Virginia Beach, grab a growler for when you are staying in and watching the waves.  Remember to drive safe, or maybe just rideshare, because you can’t have only one of Smartmouth’s beers. Then ask the Beach People for what’s next during your beach vacation.

 

VA BEACH PILOT HOUSE

313 32nd Street, Va Beach, VA 23451

Tuesday – Thursday: 4:00p – 10:00p

Friday: 1:00pm – 10:00pm

Saturday: 12:00p – 10:00p

Sunday: 2:00p – 8:00p

7 Oct

Cullipher Farm Fall Activities

Looking for something fun to do around Sandbridge?  Jump in the car and head down to the Cullipher Farm!  The farm has been transformed into a fall festival that is awaiting people of all ages.  Parking is free and easy to find as you pull off of the main road.  The toughest thing is deciding what to do first.

The mazes are the most popular attraction, and there’s one for everyone.  The corn maze is the hardest, featuring miles of path, and it should take the average person around 50 minutes to complete.  It’s 12 acres this year!  There is also a cotton maze that is less difficult which should only take around 20 minutes to complete.  And finally there is a sunflower maze which is perfect for children.

Still have some energy to burn off after successfully completing a maze?  Head on over to the Play Area which might be Virginia Beach’s coolest unofficial playground.  Hay mountains, sand piles, corn stalk tunnels, slides, tire swings, toy boat races, pedal carts, picture opportunities and so much more await!

Don’t forget to head out to the pumpkin patch before everyone gets too tired.  Choose from over 25 varieties of pumpkins and gourds and cut them right off the vine.  Wagons are available to help carry pumpkins from the patch to your vehicle.

 

Address: 772 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23457

Dates: September 27th through October 27th – Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Open only one Monday: October 14th, Columbus Day from 12 – 6.

Hours:

Fridays (noon-6pm)

Saturdays (10am-6pm)

Sundays (10am-6pm)

Please note that the farm closes at 6 PM, but no one will be allowed to enter after 4 PM.

9 Aug

Why Fall Stay are Secretly the BEST!

Couldn’t make it down to the beach this summer due to busy schedules?

Let me tell you a little secret, summer isn’t the only time to have a beach vacation. Planning a trip to Sandbridge in the Fall might sound a little strange, but here are 5 reasons it’s better than the summer stay you missed out on! 

No Crowds! 

Imagine waking up & sipping on a cup of coffee on the deck of your oceanfront rental as the sun rises. You look north then south, only to see stretches and stretches of uncrowded shoreline. Now, look straight out to the ocean to see dolphins playing in the ocean..yes you deserve this. On your fall vacation, you could comb the beach for hours looking for the perfect shells, as the warm water wash up at your feet, completely unbothered. This is what Autumn in Sandbridge is all about.

Perfect Weather! 

Do you ever dread a trip to the beach? What about trying to carry the 4 chairs, the 3 boogie boards, the umbrella, 9 different bottles of sunscreen, & trying not to burn your feet on the scorching sand while you try to find an open spot on the beach…yeah, this doesn’t sound too ideal to us either. Do you know what does sound perfect? Spending the entire day at the beach in the sunny & 75 weather as the cool ocean breeze drifts through. It doesn’t stop there either! When the sun goes down its time to grab your blankets & gather by a fire pit with your favorite people. The only thing you have to worry about is who’s bringing the marshmallows! 

Fall Sunrises & Sunsets

Autumn brings Sandbridge some of the best sunrises & sunsets. In the morning on the east, it looks as if an artist has used pastel watercolors to paint the sky, it is one of the most calming sights to see as you start your morning. As the day comes to an end part two of nature’s art show begins. This time instead of calming pastels, the sky becomes fiery with oranges, yellows, and pinks. Making it the perfect backdrop to enjoy a glass (or two) of wine on the west deck of your vacation home! 

Our Fall Events 

The fall season is home to some of Virginia Beach’s best events. Here are some of our favorites! 

Sandbridge’s 40th Annual Pig Pickin’

|September 7th, 2019|

Come out and join the Sandbridge locals for a fun day at Little Island Park (Southend of Sandbridge Beach). The annual Pig Picking features All-You-Can-Eat food and drinks, as well as live bands and even local art and crafts on sale. Siebert Realty will also have a table set up under the tents. We have some fun FREE GIVEAWAYS, so be sure to stop by and say “Hello”!

 Wasserhund Oktoberfest 2019

|September 21st, 2019|

 Locally, Wasserhund Brewery and the Nobleman are presenting the 4th Annual Oktoberfest Event for all of Coastal Virginia and beyond on September 21st from noon till 5 pm at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach. This event will serve as the quintessential Oktoberfest for our area featuring over 30 breweries, traditional German food and fare, festival atmosphere, and so much more.

Hunt Club Farm’s Harvest Fair

|Open Everyday September 29 – October 31|

Over at Hunt Club Farm, it’s their favorite time of the year, as they begin celebrating the fall season every day and in every way with bushels of activities for the whole family! Come on out to Hampton Roads’ biggest and best Fall Harvest Fair, which features Virginia Beach’s largest pumpkin patch, farm-tour hayrides, Hunt Club Farm’s Petting Farm and pony rides! 

Fall Rates! 

If the no crowds, perfect weather, beautiful sunrises & sunsets, plus all the fun events weren’t enough to sell you on a fall vacation maybe our AMAZING fall rates will! As summer winds down so do the rates, which make them more budget-friendly too!  This is just one more reason why fall is the perfect time to take a break & treat yourself with a vacation! 

 

Photo Credit: @elleydonnelly